Pence warns Kim not to 'play' Trump

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"I can't tell you how or why, but in the end it will work out", Trump said.

Kim might be looking for a pretext to get out of his meeting with Trump, and the military exercises provide a flawless excuse.

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday there was a "substantial chance" his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will not take place as planned on June 12 amid concerns that Kim is not committed to denuclearization.

The North's decision to close the Punggye-ri nuclear test site has generally been seen as a welcome gesture by Kim Jong Un to set a positive tone ahead of his summit with Trump.

Kim would not accept any deal that requires him to dismantle his extensive nuclear weapons program before he gets something in return, analysts say.

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The highly publicized dismantling of the plant, and the invites to foreign journalists to witness it, comes as North Korea lashes out at the US and South Korea over long-scheduled joint military exercises, and at the USA for taking credit for the diplomatic breakthrough.

Last week, North Korea scrapped a series of follow up high-level talks with South Korea and threatened to cancel the upcoming Singapore summit between Trump and Kim in protest of the ongoing military drills between the United States and South Korea. However, the president said he would like to "save the money" in the future by removing the 30,000 US troops from the peninsula.

"It was clear from the start that North Korea would treat the inter-Korean summit differently from its meeting with the USA", said Anwita Basu, an analyst with the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).

Trump has and warned that failure to reach a denuclearisation agreement could lead to "decimation" of Kim's rule. "I've made a lot of deals, you never really know", Trump said about the summit.

". This is the first time ever that "complete denuclearization" has been officially pronounced and the negotiation will be conducted with North Korea's top leader who wishes for security of the regime and economic progress, which makes it a different level from previous negotiations", Moon said, according to a government readout. Pence notes that the invitation to meet originated with Kim.

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The meeting is scheduled for June 12 in Singapore, but Kim recently balked in the face of US demands that he give up North Korea's nuclear weapons program. "If it doesn't happen, maybe it will happen later", he said, after a meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in to discuss strategy. Printed along the edges are their names and countries, with the words "Peace Talks" written at the top.

The coin was issued by the White House Communications Agency, a military command responsible for the president's global communications needs.

White House spokesman Raj Shah says the White House did "not have any input into the design and manufacture of the coin".

Armed with missiles created to shoot down warheads in space, the Milius will be part of a naval destroyer force that would be the first USA line of defence against any long-range ballistic missiles fired at it by North Korea. "But it may not work out for June 12".

While the surprise threat to cancel the meeting caught the president and the State Department off guard, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said it was something the administration fully expected.

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South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon expressed "regrets that South Korean press corps were unable to visit the North due to North Korea's lack of follow-up measures despite inviting them". They spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the matter.

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